Global Eyes Photography

The Global Eyes Study Abroad Photography Competition is an opportunity for study abroad returnees to share their international experiences and insights with the greater campus community.

Photo submissions are entered into one of the following categories:

  • City Life
  • Creative/Artistic
  • Culture Most Distinct from SMC
  • Landscape
  • Nature and the Environment
  • People and the Human Spirit
  • Society and Politics
  • The Essence of Study Abroad
  • Best Written Caption

The photographs are chosen for their technical quality as well as the accompanying student written narratives. Category winners, Best Written Caption, and the Best of Show Award are announced at an awards ceremony in April, and the exhibit remains on display in the Durick library throughout the year.

21st Annual Photography Competition


(1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and honorable mention (HM) awards)

People and the Human Spirit

1.    Stephen Higgins – Mohammed Aziz – The Bookseller
2.    Nettie Hoagland – Education, Awareness, and Facing  Developing in Gatlang Village
3.    Isabella Cigna – Bubbles of Joy
3.    Hayley Jensen – Can’t Stop the Feet
HM. Matthew Pramas – A Modern Relation


1.    Rebecca Kuttner – A Liquid Future
2.    Sarah Carlson-McNally – Locals at Pantai Kelating
3.    Ashley Turner – Islands in the Sky


1.    Shelbie Osak – Powdered Paint
2.    Alyssa Nye – Splash of Orange
3.    Margaret Daley – Adventurers’ Hopes and Dreams

Society, Politics, Environment

1.    Nettie Hoagland – To Road to PhD: Exiled Tibetan Buddhist Nuns Study for their Gender Equality
2.    Rachel High – The Many Faces of Modi
3.    Stephen Higgins – The Teachers Protests
HM. Kelly Smith – A Formidable Hope


1.   Ashley Turner – Thoughts Across the Galaxy
2.   Anita Curtin – Soaking Up the Sunshine
3.   Alyssa Nye – Locking Eyes with an Elephant

City Life

1.    Sophie De Fries – Another Busy Day Coming to an End
2.    Meredith Paulding – The Tunnel
3.    Matthew Pramas – A Quiet Bustle
HM. Hayley Jensen – The Coop Crew

Culture Most Distinct from SMC

1.    Shelbie Osak – House of Blues
2.    Ashley Turner – The Cham Dance
3.    Anita Curtin – So That The Lost May Be Found

The Essence of Study Abroad

1.    Sarah Carlson-McNally – Tooth Filing Ceremony: Desa Munduk Pakel
2.    Margaret Nevens – Manarola Sunset
3.    Josh Dionne – Doorway to the Past

Best Written Caption

Isabella Cigna – The Mountain Across the Water
Stephen Higgins – Mohammed Aziz – The Bookseller
Nettie Hoagland – Education, Awareness, and Facing Developing in Gatlang Village
Hayley Jensen – Pirogues in Position
Hannah McKelvey – Day Job

The Kroger – Krikstone Best of Show Award

Stephen Higgins – Mohammed Aziz – The Bookseller

Category: City Life

Category Winner

"Another Busy Day Coming to an End" by Sophie De Fries
Hong Kong | July 2019

Completing an internship over the summer in Hong Kong was one of the most rewarding, challenging, and exciting experiences of my life. Hong Kong is known for being an incredibly crowded and hectic city, but in instances like the one captured in this photo, Hong Kong displays its beauty and serenity. While it also boasts incredible wilderness, I found the city itself to be the most beautiful aspect.
"The Tunnel" by Meredith Paulding
Japan | November 2019

Japan has extensive and widely used train and subway systems. Japanese trains are the most punctual in the world, arriving an average of 12 seconds early. This photo was taken while I was walking through an underground tunnel to the subway station. The tunnels are usually short but this one seemed to go on forever, the pattern of tile and brick never changing, the florescent lights flickering every so often. I was by myself except for the figure in the black coat walking ahead of me, at the very edge of my vision, disappearing as the tunnel curved. Although I could see them for most of my walk, they were far away, and I could not make out any details or hear them at all. I felt entirely alone and was surprised by the sudden solitude. Having time or space purely to myself was a rare occurrence while I was in Japan. Hearing nothing but the sound of your own footsteps, even as a large city bustles ever on above you, is a very strange feeling.
"A Quiet Bustle" by Matthew Pramas
Czech Republic | May 2019

A busy and chaotic city leaves me paying attention on those warm afternoons when the sun is golden and I’m feeling this sense of calm. The light shines across the cityscape and against some big old windows, reflecting on the wall. Something melancholic pokes me, reminding me that time is running short, that this adventure has nearly taken its course. I miss the brisk air on those winter mornings when the light blinded me as I rode the tram down that curvy hill and heard its wheels squealing. Everything was just a little more confusing back then when people passed me on the mosaic sidewalk.
"The Coop Crew" by Hayley Jensen
Senegal | January 2020

Each time our class went to do glass painting in a tiny studio on the roof of our friend Ibrahima’s house, I was intrigued by the group of boys that would hang out there. The chicken coop was on the roof, right next to the studio, and this is where the boys seemed to like to spend their time. They were messing around with the chickens, just hanging out with their friends, above the city. I could imagine a similar scene in which the boys were doing the same thing back home in the United States. The first few times we went to Ibrahima’s, I was too nervous to ask to take a picture, but on this day, I had finally worked up the courage. I had practiced exactly what to say in French and finally got the picture I had been wanting!

Category: Creative/Artistic

"Powdered Paint" by Shelbie Osak
Morocco | February 2019

This photo was also taken in the city of Chefchaouen, Morocco. There is a lot of art hanging throughout the city and art painted on the walls. This is a picture of the paint they use. Here, they only use powdered paint and that is why this photo stands out to me the most. In this photo, this is the material they use to create such a beautiful city. This paint is what tells Chefchaouen’s story.
"Splash of Orange" by Alyssa Nye
South Africa | March 2019

A flower box is usually the addition on a building that makes it pop. In a neighborhood like Bo-Kaap in Cape Town, I couldn't help but notice that this flower box seemed to be overpowered by the vibrancy of the multicolored buildings surrounding it. The competing splashes of color everywhere play with your eye, but excites the soul.
"Adventurers’ Hopes and Dreams" by Margaret Daley
Japan | May 2019

Layers of travelers’ written hopes, dreams, desires, and wishes. Ryozen Kwan-On includes the Negai-No-Tama. Peek through the multilingual wishes and you will spot the golden ball of hope, the wishing ball. Walk up and place your right hand on the cool, smooth gold ball. Start walking, think, contemplate, and be present. Walk completely around for the number of wishes. Hang your wish with the others that have come before. It is said that now your wish will come true.

Category: Culture Most Distinct from SMC

Category Winner

"House of Blues" by Shelbie Osak
Morocco | February 2019

Cheffchaouen, Morocco, is known as “The Blue City.” Every building, and every wall here is painted approximately twice a year to get a fresh new coat of blue paint. They don’t just paint it to make it look nice, they actually have a reason for the color blue, and that is to keep mosquitos and other bugs away from the city. This door is in an alleyway where every inch is a different shade of blue, and I couldn’t help but to capture and indulge in this beautiful work that human hands have created. The blue walls of Cheffchaouen wasn’t the only thing that had moved me about Morocco, it was their way of life. The Blue City is built on a mountain, so going out means hiking down the city to get into town. It is definitely not like walking from the academic buildings to the threes. Also seeing how people live in poverty, begging for you to buy something from them so they can feed their family, makes you really see that there are different “worlds” within planet Earth.
"The Cham Dance" by Ashley Turner
China | October 2019

The performance starts at sunrise continues until sunset. People come from all of the surrounding villages to witness this artful ritual that is the Cham Dance. The Tibetan Buddhist monks go into a kind of meditative trance as they perform the methodical steps of the dance. Deep echoes reverberate through the crowd from the Tibetan horns and blend with the other instruments keeping time for the dancers. Each dance has uniquely decorated masks and costumes with intricate designs in bold colors. The dance is meant to familiarize people with the deities that may be encountered in the period between death and reincarnation. It is a truly mesmerizing event to witness.
"So That The Lost May Be Found" by Anita Curtin
Madagascar | July 2019

When a member of someone’s family goes missing, individuals will go to the spiritual temple of Doany Kingory to this specific rock to tie a piece of string around the rock and place a rolled piece of paper with the missing family member’s name under the string. The family will give an offering to the ancestors and pray that their missing family member will return home to them.

Category: Landscape

Category Winner

"A Liquid Future" by Rebecca Kuttner
Chile | September 2019

The soft hum of voices and clanking of silverware abruptly cuts off as the heavy cabin door slams shut, sealing in the warmth and light of breakfast behind me. I venture up the metal stairs to the barren top deck, shivering as a swift icy breeze bites the bare skin on my hands and face. In the distance, a small section of icy blue comes into view, nestled in between the sharp black mountain peaks. The boat chugs closer, my hands begin to lose feeling, but my eyes are glued on the glacier, entranced. The weight of the earth’s history has packed and shaped this massive sheet of ice into the powdery blue craggy mass that I witness before me, holding a vital freshwater supply for the local ecosystems and towns. For the first time in that history, this glacier has begun to retreat. A thunderous splintering cuts through the trance the glacier holds over me. Ice chunks fall like the tears on my cheeks, dropping bits of my hope into the salty fjord below.
"Locals at Pantai Kelating" by Sarah Carlson-McNally
Indonesia | February 2019

Pantai Kelating, or Kelating Beach, is about a fifteen minute bike ride from our homestay families and their village. It’s worth every sweaty peddle on a 90 degree day, but the ocean feels more like a warm bath than a cool, refreshing dip. There, the sand is black from the ash of past volcanic eruptions, and the sound of the waves can be felt in your core. When the sun sets it melts into the edge of the ocean and takes what’s left of the blue sky with it.
"Islands in the Sky" by Ashley Turner
China | October 2019

I have always felt more at home in nature, so living in the city of Kunming I felt a little out of place. When we had the opportunity to travel for a week, I immediately knew that I needed to get out of the city and spend some time in the outdoors. Hiking through the forest amongst playful monkeys to the top of the magnificent natural pillars that make up Zhangjiajie National Park, I felt like myself again. This place brought out a sense of calm in me. I could sit in silence with just the rustling of leaves and chirping of bird, something I missed dearly from home. Serenity washed over me as I breathed in the fresh, clean air and gazed upon the breathtaking rock formations. It rejuvenated my spirit and helped me finish out a semester in the buzz of Kunming.

Category: Nature

Category Winner

"Thoughts Across the Galaxy" by Ashley Turner
China | October 2019
While in our rural homestays in Shaping Village I was amazed by the natural beauty of the surroundings. It is a small valley with mountains on all sides. I got to explore the beautiful landscape of this agricultural community and even go hunting for mushrooms with my nine-year old host brother as my “guide.” It was such a peaceful place and once the sun set the stars were blinding. For the majority of the trip we were in the large city of Kunming where you can’t see the stars because of the lights and smog, so finally being able to look up at them was breathtaking. My friends and I would lay in the street gazing up for hours, trying to get the perfect picture. They connected me to home and reminded me why I took my journey abroad in the first place.
"Soaking Up the Sunshine" by Anita Curtin
Madagascar | July 2019

While waiting to explore Lemur Island, I came across a small lizard who was playing peek-a-boo and sun bathing on a banana leaf. The country of Madagascar is rich in biodiversity and 70% of its species are endemic to the island. It was amazing to be able to explore much of this biodiversity while I was abroad.
"Locking Eyes with an Elephant" by Alyssa Nye
South Africa | March 2019

Watching episodes of Planet Earth doesn't prepare you for the moment you see such a giant animal in its natural habitat. Not just seeing, but locking eyes with an elephant and capturing it on camera was a moment I will never forget. It took my breath away. When I look back at this photograph, I remember waking up before the sun at 4am and can almost feel the contentment I felt as I experienced a small piece of earth's natural beauty.

Category: People and the Human Spirit

Category Winner/The Kroger-Krikstone Best of Show Award

"Mohammed Aziz – The Bookseller" by Stephen Higgins
Morocco | March 2019

“I’ll be here till everyone can read,” Aziz said. “I’ve read more than 4,000 books, so I’ve lived more than 4,000 lives. Everyone should have that chance.” Perched in his five-by-five-foot bookshop, Mohammed Aziz reads quietly for 12 hours each day, stopping only to eat, smoke, and pray five times. The devout 71-year-old has been selling his collection of books from the same booth for more than 43 years. As a young man, Aziz had to stop his schooling because he could not afford the textbooks. With an illiteracy rate of 32% in 2014, roughly three in 10 Moroccans cannot read. He attributes the low literacy rate to students, like himself, who are unable to complete their education. By marking down textbooks, Aziz hopes to erase that barrier for future students. “This is how I take my revenge on my childhood, my situation, my poverty.”
"Education, Awareness, and Facing Developing in Gatlang Village" by Nettie Hoagland
India | March 2019

Pasang (right) rests her tired legs on the edge of the field with her younger sister. She gazes far off in the distance, across the dusty fields and river valley, toward the unpreserved other half of the Rasuwa district. The neighboring villages, Thuman and Briddim, are on display but Pasang never leaves her village of Gatlang. She watches as the wandering trekkers, army patrolmen, and curious researchers like us travel by jeep along the road below. Pasang has given her children the chance to leave for a better education in Kathmandu. “They can have proper jobs- not have to work in the fields like us,” says Pasang. Now, the sun is fading behind the Langtang mountains and the wind is starting to carry. Back to work for Pasang, until the prickly needle plants are picked for the preparation of needle soup.
"Bubbles of Joy" by Isabella Cigna
South Africa | May 2019

There is something pure and magical about children at play. The hardships and struggles of this world all melt away in a single moment of joy. The kindergarteners pictured here are students at Ikaya Primary School in the Kayamandi Township of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Unlike the United States, these children didn’t show up to school in a big yellow school bus. Instead, they walked or caught a “taxi,” which is more like a big van. They buzzed in the classrooms while the International “tee-chas” brought them through activities in English. They waited (impatiently) for the afternoon recess and the sheer chaos that came with it. It was simple: some bubbles and a courtyard, that’s all we needed. The teachers and the students did not share a common language, but instead a common love of jumping and dancing. In this moment, nothing else mattered except for the fun and the pure innocence that brought us together. Moments like these remind me of how human we all are.
"Can’t Stop the Feet" by Hayley Jensen
Senegal | January 2020

On our final day of service at the Waranka school in Guinaw Rail, a suburb of the capital city of Dakar, the teachers hosted a grand celebration for all the Saint Michael’s guests. We set up in the street in front of the school and all the students were seated in a semicircle – with the St. Mike’s guests placed at the front. This left the center as a dancefloor, which little did I know, we would be expected to occupy for the next hour! However, only the guests and teachers were allowed to dance in a show of hospitality, as we were the honored guests. This left all of the students watching us but they were not allowed to join. The children sitting by me desperately wanted to join the dancing. They were excited to be sitting with me and wanted to show off their impressive moves, but they kept getting shushed and told to sit down! These little boys featured in the photo could not hold in their excitement and rocked out alongside of us. The teachers could not stop the beat, or their little feet!
"A Modern Relation" by Matthew Pramas
Czech Republic | May 2019

I’m somewhere in the old part of town where the narrow streets meet rubber soles and cigarette butts stick in the cracks of cobblestone joints. These conduits usually hide me from shade and sunlight at different times, but today everything is the same grey everywhere I look. Prague is beautiful dressed in grey. I’m alone here, on one of my adventures to explore people and place, just trying to see something new or something familiar in an unfamiliar way. Or maybe just hoping to capture a moment of life that moves as fast as light, faster than I can comprehend. Everyone’s doing their things, living their lives. And I move on as I always did, looking for the next adventure.

Category: Society, Politics, Environment

Category Winner

"To Road to PhD: Exiled Tibetan Buddhist Nuns Study for their Gender Equality" by Nettie Hoagland
India | March 2019

The young nuns at the Jangchub Choeling Nunnery gather in the courtyard to memorize their Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. Studies at the Jangchub Choeling Nunnery begin promptly at 5:30 AM, with a morning prayer. The morning is filled with memorization sessions and group debates. The nuns rotate between science and English classes in the afternoon and gather for group discussion before dinner. A prayer meeting is held after dinner and debate sessions last until bedtime at 10 PM. The youngest nun at Jangchub Choeling, Lobsang Tenzin Choren, is 9 years old. Lobsang has been sent by her family to study at the Jangchub Choeling Nunnery in the Tibetan settlement of Mundgod, India to earn her Geshema degree- the equivalent to a Doctorate in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and the highest level of training in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Only recently have nuns been able to earn the Geshema degree- previously the level of training for the Geshe degree was only available to monks. The level of concentration at the nunnery reflects the power of educating women and enabling women to take on leadership roles among the Tibetan Buddhist community.
"The Many Faces of Modi" by Rachel High
India | April 2019

Spring of 2019 was a complex and emotional time in India. Ultimately, Narendra Modi was re-elected as Prime Minister. His ambitious campaign stirred the Hindu nationalist base that elected him. His rallies were characterized by impassioned speeches by Hindu gurus and large-scale displays of Hindu and Indian nationalism. At his best, Narendra Modi is a supporter of lower-castes, social programs, and infrastructure; at his worst he strips the rights and autonomy from non-Hindu Indians. This rally in the main market of Leh, Ladakh, came through suddenly and loudly. The Modi masks make it seem like a swarm of pale faced men marching forward, wielding their BJP flags proudly. Ladakh has a large Tibetan Buddhist population and they fear the power of a growing Muslim population. On the voting day, fingers of voters are marked to signify completion of voting. One Buddhist friend of mine easily subverted this rule and voted for Modi six times.
"The Teachers Protests" by Stephen Higgins
Morocco | April 2019

Despite repeated threats of firing from the Ministry of Education, teachers across Morocco marched forward, calling for pension plans and job security. The contractual teachers’ protests continued for months as their demands went unanswered. “We are not stopping until we get what we want, what we deserve,” said Khalid Bittaouia, a member of the Coordination of Teachers Forced into Contracts (CNPCC). “This policy of contracting has to go, there is no going back.” Just two weeks earlier an overnight protest ended in violence as police used water cannons to disperse the teachers.

About the photo: Hidden by the crowd of protesters raising their hands and waving flags, stood a line of heavily armored guards in front of the Parliament gate. Behind me a number of police officers dressed in civilian clothes weaved through the crowd once they spotted me raising my camera to snap the photo. I quickly swapped in a blank SD card and ducked down to avoid another confrontation. The officers had become all too familiar with my writing partner and me as we covered each protest.
"A Formidable Hope" by Kelly Smith
Wales | May 2019

We exited the Senedd - National Assembly of Wales to a scene that was almost too perfectly suited for our purpose in Wales: a student run global protest on climate change. Following on the heels of Greta Thunberg, students from the area took time away from their studies to protest for action on climate change NOW. In the midst of chanting, two young children flutter to-and-fro, seemingly oblivious to the all-too possible dystopian future that lies in the shallows should action on climate change be postponed any further.
To me, this image is as bone-chilling as it is propitious. The message on the sign is a favor we should all be willing to take on with our hearts forward and all-in. Their plea left me with one thought: this is what we are fighting for.

Category: The Essence of Study Abroad

Category Winner

"Tooth Filing Ceremony: Desa Munduk Pakel" by Sarah Carlson-McNally
Indonesia | March 2019

When a tooth filing ceremony is performed, the front six teeth are filed down to reduce the six negative traits present in all humans. Ceremonies are an essential aspect of Balinese Hindu culture, and with them come chants, bells, music, makeup and sarongs, laughing and loveable pushing and squeezing, all in 90 degree heat. To succumb to the chaos that is family, food, spirit, religion and community, is to immerse oneself in the ways of the Balinese.
"Manarola Sunset" by Margaret Nevens
Italy | March 2019

Manarola is a maze. Each street seems to end at the water, making you turn around, retrace your steps, and redesign the map in your head that you thought was working. Attempts to find the same restaurant twice is seemingly impossible. When the sun is setting golden light flows from the water through the streets. The intention is gone, the internal map is gone, suddenly you realize why you're really there.
"Doorway to the Past" by Josh Dionne
Italy | November 2019

To anyone else, this picture would be of just another door leading to an old, run-down building. To me, though, this doorway is a portal to my past. This is a photograph of the front door to the house that my great-grandfather was born and grew up in. I got to take this picture when visiting family long forgotten after my great-grandfather left Italy. I was privileged enough to reconnect with them, and they welcomed me warmly into their home. While standing in front of this house, I had an out of body experience. I saw myself in history; I saw where the roots of my family tree were planted. To me, this is the point of study abroad: to understand the world by understanding who we are and where we come from.

Category: Best Written Caption

"The Mountain Across the Water" by Isabella Cigna
South Africa | May 2019

1996 is only one year before I was born; it is only 23 years ago. But 1996 was the year in which Robben Island finally stopped holding criminal and political prisoners under Apartheid. If you stand on the island and peer out across the ocean, you see what this photo pictures: the beautiful and stunning Table Mountain in Cape Town. Cape Town is a roaring city exploding with restaurants, tourists and outdoor activities. If you look up at any given moment, you too can see Table Mountain. But you see it in a different way. Those who stood on Robben Island during Apartheid looked out at Table Mountain through the bars of a cell. They included people like Nelson Mandela, who was held prisoner there for 18 years, and many other prisoners who resisted the racial injustices of Apartheid. Today, former prisoners lead tours through what remains of the island. It was very solemn and surreal to watch tourists crowd around the cell where Mandela lived, cramming in for a photo. Despite this, we must understand that remembering and acknowledging this dark history is important, because it is how we make sure that events like this never happen again.
"Mohammed Aziz – The Bookseller" by Stephen Higgins
Morocco | Marcy 2019
“I’ll be here till everyone can read,” Aziz said. “I’ve read more than 4,000 books, so I’ve lived more than 4,000 lives. Everyone should have that chance.” Perched in his five-by-five-foot bookshop, Mohammed Aziz reads quietly for 12 hours each day, stopping only to eat, smoke, and pray five times. The devout 71-year-old has been selling his collection of books from the same booth for more than 43 years. As a young man, Aziz had to stop his schooling because he could not afford the textbooks. With an illiteracy rate of 32% in 2014, roughly three in 10 Moroccans cannot read. He attributes the low literacy rate to students, like himself, who are unable to complete their education. By marking down textbooks, Aziz hopes to erase that barrier for future students. “This is how I take my revenge on my childhood, my situation, my poverty.”
"Education, Awareness, and Facing Developing in Gatlang Village" by Nettie Hoagland
India | March 2019

Pasang (right) rests her tired legs on the edge of the field with her younger sister. She gazes far off in the distance, across the dusty fields and river valley, toward the unpreserved other half of the Rasuwa district. The neighboring villages, Thuman and Briddim, are on display but Pasang never leaves her village of Gatlang. She watches as the wandering trekkers, army patrolmen, and curious researchers like us travel by jeep along the road below. Pasang has given her children the chance to leave for a better education in Kathmandu. “They can have proper jobs- not have to work in the fields like us,” says Pasang. Now, the sun is fading behind the Langtang mountains and the wind is starting to carry. Back to work for Pasang, until the prickly needle plants are picked for the preparation of needle soup.
"Pirogues in Position" by Hayley Jensen
Senegal | January 2020

Goree Island was a place of serious reflection for our class. While it is a place of extreme beauty, we were also very aware of the atrocities that had occurred there. Goree is known for its Houses of Slaves, the final spot enslaved Africans were held hostage before being sent to the Americas. Today, it is a controversial tourist location as thousands rush to consume the sights without reflecting on the history and their role in it. In this photo, the name of the island is depicted on a pirogue, the traditional fishing boats in Senegalese culture. For this reason, I think this photo shows the complicated dichotomy of the island. While it is a beautiful scene, the name is a constant reminder of the painful history it carries.
"Day Job" by Hannah McKelvey
South Africa | May 2019

When it comes to traveling to a new place, the hardest part is pushing yourself to understand cultural differences and try new things without judgment. Every new place I visit, I am constantly reminded to follow these guidelines, and when traveling to South Africa, there was no exception. When visiting the township of Langa in Cape Town, we stopped on the side of the road to see a woman cooking a goat’s head on an open flame. Instead of questioning why they would eat such a thing, I found myself wondering about the history of this practice. While I did not fancy the meat from a goat’s head, I still tried it because that’s the mindset when traveling abroad.
PhotographerStudy Abroad DestinationPhoto Entry
Abigail CarbonneauEnglandCliffs at Saint Andrew’s Castle
Abigail CarbonneauEnglandMarble Arch
Abigail CarbonneauEnglandWhite Tower
Sarah Carlson-McNallyIndonesiaLocals at Pantai Kelating
Sarah Carlson-McNallyIndonesiaTooth Filing Ceremony: Desa Munduk Pakel
Sarah Carlson-McNallyIndonesiaWomen with Offerings
Isabella CignaSouth AfricaBubbles of Joy
Isabella CignaSouth AfricaBustle in the Port
Isabella CignaSouth AfricaThe Mountain Across the Water
Nathan ColgroveSouth AfricaA Mother and Her Calf
Nathan ColgroveSouth AfricaNatural Curiosity
Nathan ColgroveSouth AfricaSerenity
Anita CurtinMadagascarSo That The Lost May Be Found
Anita CurtinMadagascarSoaking Up the Sunshine
Margaret DaleyJapanAdventurers’ Hopes and Dreams
Margaret DaleyJapanKaya
Margaret DaleyJapanPotter’s View
Sophie De FriesChinaA Remote Village on the Nu River
Sophie De FriesChinaAnother Busy Day Coming to an End
Sophie De FriesChinaUrban Jungle
Michael DeAngeloSenegalEvening from the Other Side of the Atlantic
Michael DeAngeloSenegalSketch of Rush Hour
Michael DeAngeloSenegalThat’s a big horn…
Elly DesmaraisFranceChia Sun, Chia Clouds
Deana DiBenedettoUSACapitol Hill
Deana DiBenedettoUSASkyline
Deana DiBenedettoWalesLove Lock
Meghan DieterleAustraliaSunrise over Uluru
Tyler DionItalyCenter of London
Josh DionneItalyDoorway to the Past
Josh DionneItalyDreary Weather
Josh DionneWalesSpelunking
Sarah DonahueDenmarkLille Tilde
Sarah DonahueDenmarkThe Country Side
Sarah DonahueDenmarkThe Royal City
Tiana DunneSouth AfricaThe Unknown
Stephen HigginsMoroccoMohammed Aziz – The Bookseller
Stephen HigginsMoroccoOne-eyed Feline
Stephen HigginsMoroccoThe Teachers Protests
Rachel HighIndiaBoys of Risia
Rachel HighIndiaNorth Gate to Love
Rachel HighIndiaThe Many Faces of Modi
Nettie HoaglandNepalEducation, Awareness, and Facing Developing in Gatlang Village
Nettie HoaglandNepalThe First to be Awake
Nettie HoaglandNepalTo Road to PhD: Exiled Tibetan Buddhist Nuns Study for their Gender Equality
Hayley JensenSenegalCan’t Stop the Feet
Hayley JensenSenegalPirogues in Position
Hayley JensenSenegalThe Coop Crew
Emily KoswickJapanHanami Horizon
Rebecca KuttnerChileA Liquid Future
Rebecca KuttnerChileNot Your Mama’s Llama
Rebecca KuttnerChileThe End of the World
Alexandria LemboFranceCow in the Field
Alexandria LemboFranceThe Origin of the Edmundites
Alexandria LemboFranceWhen the Lights Go Down in Pontigny
Rachel LyonsSenegalSenegalese Street Art
Stephanie McConnellFranceGazing Through the Trees
Stephanie McConnellFranceSomething Old, Something Blue
Adeline McGrath-SheehanPanamaGlorious Data
Adeline McGrath-SheehanPanamaPeaking Panama
Adeline McGrath-SheehanPanamaTurquoise Classroom
Hannah McKelveySouth AfricaDay Job
Hannah McKelveySouth AfricaPromises for the Future
Lily MelloIrelandIrish Sun
Samantha MitrokostasSpainEres mi media naranja
Samantha MitrokostasSpainPlaza de España
Samantha MitrokostasSpainSemana Santa
Matt MosherChinaDancing in the Rain
Claire MuttyChinaHike to the Hidden Cove
Claire MuttyFranceBon Appétit!
Claire MuttyFranceColors of the Italian Riviera
Margaret NevensItaly9 miles in…9 miles out
Margaret NevensItalyManarola Sunset
Alyssa NyeSouth AfricaA Bright Smile
Alyssa NyeSouth AfricaLocking Eyes with an Elephant
Alyssa NyeSouth AfricaSplash of Orange
Shelbie OsakSpainEl Puente de Triana
Shelbie OsakSpainHouse of Blues
Shelbie OsakSpainPowdered Paint
Meredith PauldingJapanAmong Friends
Meredith PauldingJapanFramed
Meredith PauldingJapanThe Tunnel
Talia PerreaEnglandReflection
Talia PerreaEnglandSecurity, Inspiration, Hope, and Freedom
Talia PerreaEnglandStained Glass
Matthew PramasCzech RepublicA Calming Chill
Matthew PramasCzech RepublicA Modern Relation
Matthew PramasCzech RepublicA Quiet Bustle
Isabelle RisseAustraliaA Koala and a Eucalyptus Tree
Isabelle RisseAustraliaSunset Down Under
Isabelle RisseAustraliaThe Dwindling Twelve Apostles
Spencer RobergeChinaGazing Down from the Dragon’s Gate
Spencer RobergeChinaRising Above the Stone Forest
Spencer RobergeChinaStrolling Through the Streets of the Old Town
Colin ScanlonFranceBridge and Field
Colin ScanlonFrancePontigny Carvings
Bethany SchlottScotlandConquer
Bethany SchlottScotlandMisty Morning
Bethany SchlottScotlandReflection
Gianna SeaverItaly400 Steps
Gianna SeaverItalyAfter School Stroll
Gianna SeaverItalyAround the Bend
Katlyn SmithChinaAngkor Thom
Katlyn SmithChinaBraemar Hills Sunset
Kelly SmithWalesA Classic Welsh Landscape
Kelly SmithWalesA Formidable Hope
Kelly SmithWalesReduce, Rethink, Repurpose
Lily StumpfJapanMiyama
Lily StumpfJapanMurin-an Japanese Garden
Lily StumpfJapanPhilosopher’s Path
Luke TancrediSenegalCoastal Views
Luke TancrediSenegalWildlife Safari
Ashley TurnerChinaIslands in the Sky
Ashley TurnerChinaThe Cham Dance
Ashley TurnerChinaThoughts Across the Galaxy
Kaitlyn WaystackItalyLove Locks
Kaitlyn WaystackItalyRiver Roads
Kaitlyn WaystackItalySimple Chaos

Stephen Higgins
Class of 2020
Major: MJD
Minor: Studio Art
Winning Photo: Mohammed Aziz – The Bookseller

Each day I walked down the busy market street. The booksellers shop was just one of many along the way, yet, for some reason, I was most curious to hear his story. He didn’t act like the other shopkeepers, whose laughter and chatter could be heard echoing throughout the city walls at all hours of the day. Instead, Aziz sat quietly, eyes unflinching from the Qur’an resting on his crossed legs.

My writing partner, Anton, decided to tell the story of this solitary bookseller and I was fortunate enough to provide the pictures which accompanied the captivating piece. So, after weeks of observing him in passing, I finally conversed with the bookseller. I first talked to Aziz without a camera, hoping to create a rapport with him. The next time around he agreed, not without hesitation, to a few pictures. The sun was getting low and the call to prayer would be coming soon. I snapped only a few shots as he slowly perched himself up and looked at the camera. Moments later the call to prayer echoed throughout the city. Aziz stood up, closed the rickety wooden doors of his shop, shook my hand, and disappeared into the crowd as he headed to the mosque.

Sarah Carlson-McNally
Class of 2020
Major: MJD and Art
Winning Photo: Tooth Filing Ceremony: Desa Munduk Pakel

This photo was taken early in the morning in the village of Munduk Pakel in Tabanan, Bali, where my study abroad program leader, Ibu Ari, grew up. For a short time we lived in Munduk Pakel which is secluded in rice fields and spans the length of a mile-long road. The tooth filing, or Metatah ceremony, is essential for everyone in Balinese culture and takes place once an individual reaches adolescence.

Ibu’s (or mothers) were laughing and yelling, some sitting and fanning themselves in the morning heat while others crowed and lovingly shoved by to get photos. To the right, you can see women performing the purification with offerings made of flowers, bamboo leaves, and fruit. On the left, more family converse while snapping smartphone pictures. Amidst the commotion, a young girl calmly observes from the center. Every now and then someone might look at me and say something quickly in Bahasa Indonesian. I try to reply, but they just warmly laugh back at my mediocre attempt. The moment encompasses not only my experience with Indonesians over five months, but also the essence of Balinese culture, in all it’s happy, intensely loving, and confusing chaos. Don’t ask questions, just take it as it comes and smile through it.

Isabella Cigna
Class of 2020
Major: MJD
Minor: Mathematics and Data Science
Winning Photo: Bubbles of Joy

Bubbles of Joy was taken at Ikaya Primary School in the Kayamandi Township of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The university were I studied had several programs for the international students to volunteer with the children at local schools in the surrounding townships. I’ve always been apprehensive about working with kids, but I felt like I was taking a lot of resources and experiences from that amazing country, and I really wanted to return the energy back into it. So, I decided to get over myself and join a program a school in a township nearby, which was with Afrikaans elementary school children. Each week my group of “tee-chas” (made of 6 international students from 6 different countries) would hang out with our second grade class and teach them English through games and songs. One week we even taught them how to play BINGO! By the end, I was so connected with these kids and my group mates, despite not sharing a language or nationality. Bubbles of Joy speaks to this experience. It speaks to the shared joy and humanity that different groups of people can have, and the special relationship you can build with someone who you may never see again.

Anita Curtin
Class of 2020
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Biology
Winning Photo: So That the Lost May Be Found

This photo was taken at Doany Kingory , which is a spiritual center that we visited while I was in Madagascar. Doany Kingory is a sacred place in the mountains and before we were able to even enter the area of the spiritual center, we had to remove our shoes and walk barefoot to respect the holiness of this place. Throughout the spiritual center, there were many tombs and temple sites dedicated to famous kings and queens and spiritual leaders and healers in Madagascar’s history. People from all over the world would come to this site in order to pay tribute to the ancestors and to say prayers and ask for blessings to fulfill certain aspects of their life (wealth, health, etc.) Around each tombstone there were melted wax streaks from many years of candles being lit around the stones and there were candies, and sugar that were sprinkled around the sides and tops of the tombstones. These sugary offerings were treats to the ancestors to thank them after the person made a request or a blessing. This particular rock that is featured in this photograph is a spot where people can come to look for their lost loved ones. If a family member or relative had gone missing, people would come to this rock with red or white string and wrap it around the rock. In the tangles of the string, the person would write the name of the missing family member and tuck it snuggly into the threads. It is said and believed that the missing family member will return home after this offering has been made.

Margaret Daley
Class of 2020
Major: Art
Winning Photo: Adventurers’ Hopes and Dreams

I am thankful for the opportunity that I had to visit Kyoto, Japan. It allowed me to experience, observe, and participate in Japanese culture. Time has given me the chance to reflect on my experiences. This trip impacted me as an artist, educator, and global citizen. As an artist I have grown in regards to what I will now think about and focus on while planning and creating a piece of work. As a future teacher this time in Japan has made me think about how in my classroom I can promote exploration and experimentation on new experiences. This was the first time I have visited another continent (definitely not the last). Every place that we went we encountered people who were eager to share and teach us about their culture. I aspire to continue to discover opportunities to grow as an individual, have an open mind to new experiences, and reflect on how it has impacted me.

While visiting Ryozen Kwan-On I had the chance to partake in making a wish at the Negai-No-Tama. As I walked around the golden ball making the wish, I had the moment to contemplate how many had come before me from all over the world and took the same path as me. My wish hung in the midst of layers and layers of other hopes, dreams, desires and wishes that were expressed in multiple languages.

Rebecca Kuttner
Class of 2021
Major: Biology
Winning Photo: A Liquid Future

Upon arriving in Patagonia, I soon learned in the classroom that between 2000 and 2011, the North and South Patagonian Icefields have lost ~24 gigatons of ice per year. An already fragile ecosystem with low biodiversity, the depletion of freshwater sources has begun to have a detrimental effect on the creatures and communities that rely on it. However, it took my field experience for this information to have a profound impact. When standing in the presence of such an ancient and powerful part of nature, I was moved to the point of tears at the information I had learned. They always say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but I hope this picture can inspire a thousand emotions that will evolve into action.

Shelbie Osak
Class of 2020
Major: MJD
Minor: Business
Winning Photos: Powdered Paint and House of Blues

When I decided to go to Spain to study abroad, I never even thought Morocco would be an option as a weekend getaway. Morocco is only 1.5 hours by boat from Spain, but when you get off of that boat, you have entered into a whole other world. “We aren’t in Kansas anymore,” was my first thought when we first stepped off of the boat because of how different everything was compared to America and even Europe in general. On our second day, we traveled to “The Blue City”, which is a very well known city within Morocco. Blue is my favorite color, so this city was, in my mind, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. On my tour, our tour guide was explaining to us that they use powdered paint to create all of their art, and it is also what they use to paint their walls. So, in my mind “Powdered Paint” is the before picture of the city, while “House of Blues” is the after picture. I also feel that both these pictures exemplify how different the culture is in Morocco compared to ours.

Meredith Paulding
Class of 2021
Major: Education Studies
Minor: Applied Linguistics
Winning Photo: The Tunnel

I spent the day wandering around Kyoto, taking in the structure of old buildings in residential neighborhoods, commercial districts, and the well-known temple Kiyomizu-dera. The rain and cold weather meant the streets were less crowded than usual, and I had space to take as many pictures as I pleased. As I returned home on the subway, I surprised myself by noticing the structure of the underground tunnels as well. Hallways and elevators always give me the feeling of being in a liminal space — a space of transition and transformation and waiting, like an empty building or being on the highway at night. Any space where reality feels a bit ‘off’. It’s a bit unsettling because you feel as though you don’t have control over what happens there, but there’s also the sense that you’re on the verge of something new and exciting. The lines in the long stretch of tunnel made it feel like I wasn’t moving forward at all, and might not emerge into the same universe I came from. Maybe that’s a bit dramatic for walking through a subway tunnel, but I wanted to capture that feeling.

Ashley Turner
Class of 2021
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Winning Photo: Thoughts Across the Galaxy

I decided to go to China because I wanted a taste of something different, something that challenged me. This is exactly what I got, the most challenging but rewarding experience of my life. I was fully immersed in a culture that is thousands of years older than my own, without knowing the language, customs or even how to use chopsticks. I learned so much about myself and the world. This picture of the stars is one that I took at my rural homestay. It was incredible to see the Milky Way with such clarity; the stars were so much brighter than at my home in Vermont. Although China has some of the largest and most polluted cities in the world, it also has immense natural beauty in the countryside. Getting to explore even a fraction of it was incredible. I hope that one day I will be able to return and continue witnessing everything this country has to offer.

Anita Curtin
Class of 2020
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Biology
Winning Photo: Soaking Up the Sunshine

This photo was taken in the rural village of Andasibe Madagascar on Lemur Island. Andasibe serves as one of Madagascar’s tourist “hot spots” due to the lemurs that inhabit this part of the island and it was once the main campsite spot for railroad workers that built the railroad system across parts of Madagascar. Andasibe in Malagasy, the native language of Madagascar, literally translates to “the big camp.” Living in Andasibe was one of my favorite experiences during my study abroad, and not just because I was able to have lemurs sit on my head while we visited lemur island. During our stay in Andasibe, we lived with our second round of host families and I felt like I was able to make a very strong connection with my family while I was there. We also had classes and excursions with Malagasy students from the University during our stay in Andasibe, which helped me to deepen my understanding of the Malagsay culture, make some new friends, and I was able to feel welcomed and immersed into the culture that I was so fortunate to be experiencing.

A number of dedicated individuals contribute in many ways to the overall success of the Global Eyes Photography Contest. In particular, we would like to extend our gratitude to the following Global Eyes supporters:

Judges of the 21st Annual Global Eyes Contest

Allison Cleary, Department of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts
Tom Cullins, Architect and Photographer
Jordan Douglas, Department of Fine Arts
Jon Hyde, Department of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts
Reza Ramazani, Department of Economics
Kimberly Sultze, Department of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts
Jerry Swope, Department of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts

Creative and Technical Support

Toni Messuri, Director of Accessibility Services
Richard Does, Global Eyes Supporter
Anthony Bassignani, Research and Instruction Librarian
Laurence Clerfeuille, Department of Modern Languages and Literature
Hideko Furukawa, Department of Modern Languages and Literature (retired)
Claire Concio, Administrative Assistant

With special appreciation to the Durick Library for allowing Global Eyes photographs to be displayed in the beautiful Dailey Room throughout the year.

Sponsored by
The Office of Study Abroad
The Department of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts